Which neuroscience conference should I go to?Posted: February 6, 2014
New to neuroscience? I’m here to help*. Here are the meetings you might consider going to:
Society for Neuroscience
This is the big one! Go once, you’ll love it or hate it
Pros: It is all skippable without guilt. Everyone is there.
Cons: Vendor swag always disappoints. Food is not food.
What to bring: BodyGlide (ok to publicly reapply in Poster Areas NN-OO)
Gordon Conference: Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Does the postsynaptic density contain 147 proteins, or 741 proteins? Competing slides of colored shapes and arrows hold the answer.
Pros: Plenary speakers arrive/leave immediately before/after their talks, so less gasbaggery at chow time.
Cons: Postsynaptic density.
What to bring: Slides from the 90s, apparently.
Cold Spring Harbor: Neural Circuits
Highlights from the Nature Methods table of contents are read to you out loud.
Cons: One camper gets hurt water skiing every summer and ruins it for everyone.
What to bring: News of the outside world.
Janelia Farm: Any conference
Want to know what the combined smell of money and fear is? Me neither.
Cons: Not really a farm.
What to bring: Perspective.
These are not real meetings, just a way to spend grant money on ski trips.
Pros: See above.
What to bring: Skis I guess?
Your Model System / Part of the Brain Meeting
<long sigh> Yeah I guess you should go
Pros: Shared delusion that your shit matters
Cons: Shared delusion that your shit matters
What to bring: Schmoozing A-game. These people review your papers/grants.
* Tenure file, under “outreach” and “mentoring.”